Pad thai is quite possibly the reason many Americans have fallen in love with Thai cuisine. The sweet, sour, and salty noodles stir-fried with vegetables, dried shrimp, and oftentimes chicken is a good introduction to the basic and addictive flavors of Thai cooking.
This noodle dish is a basic stir-fry. The trick to just about any stir-fry is to prep everything you can in advance. In this recipe, for example, you'll need to add turnip, dried shrimp, and tofu in quick succession, so make sure to have everything in your work area organized and ready to go before you start cooking.